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The madness is here. This season’s conference tournaments didn’t bring many upsets or controversy, but the NCAA tournament always brings the heat. There are some lower seeded teams that could really make some noise over the next few weeks. I’m giving you one team from each region that can make a run in March—potentially through April.
Wisconsin (#8 seed – East Region)
The runner-up in the Big Ten during both the regular season and the Big Ten tournament only received an eight seed, but they have experienced roster, including Bronson Koenig (Wisconsin’s all-time leader in three-pointers) and Nigel Hayes. The downside to Wisconsin making a deep run is their potential second round opponent—the number one overall seed Villanova Wildcats.
Wichita State (#10 seed – South Region)
Wichita State is one of the hottest teams in the country entering the tournament. The Shockers are on a 15-game winning streak, and they’ve only lost four games all season. Gregg Marshall could lead his team to another deep run in the tournament.
Princeton (#12 seed – West Region)
An Ivy League school? Yes. Princeton hasn’t lost since December, while their playing style could keep them in games. Princeton also might be in the weakest region (West) in the tournament.
Michigan (#7 seed – Midwest Region)
Something these teams have in common coming into the tournament is they’re hot. Michigan is no different after they ran the table in the Big Ten tournament. The Wolverines are 4-2 against the top 25 and have two senior guards, Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin that won’t go down easy against other teams in their last dance in a Michigan uniform.